My Top 5 Favorite WordPress Plugins

Posted in / 2 years ago

For a long time, I couldn’t stand WordPress. Coming from a MVC world, I found WordPress to violate so many of the best practices I had learned to obey. It wasn’t until I was forced to work with the platform in school and at work I realized it’s true strength: WordPress plugins.

As a result of being such a largely used CMS, the vibrant developer community has produced high quality plugins for nearly every feature you can think of. Here I list the top 5 WordPress plugins I use for nearly every client website I build.

5. Autoptimize

Autoptimize minifies and merges all CSS and Javascript files, making the website load faster. By using this plugin, all optimization is handled automatically. You no longer have to worry about performance issues caused by too many HTTP requests when creating new files.

“Autoptimize speeds up your website and helps you save bandwidth by aggregating and minimizing JS, CSS and HTML.”
Download Autoptimize
Active installs 100,000+

4. Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO is the very popular go-to plugin for search engine optimization, and rightfully so. Not only does it handle social sharing meta tags and XML sitemap, it also provides an amazingly powerful as-you-write SEO score with insightful optimization tips.

Yoast SEO WordPress plugin

“Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using Yoast SEO plugin.”
Download Yoast SEO
Active installs 1,000,000+

3. Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 lets you quickly create contact forms with ease. It’s not the most advanced, but it’s simplify is arguably it’s strength. It supports plenty of field types and also basic input validation, which is good enough for most people.

Contact Form 7 WordPress plugin

“Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.”
Download Contact Form 7
Active installs 1,000,000+

2. WP Super Cache

Page performance is really important. A slow loading site is a major turn-off for your visitors, especially for mobile visitors. To configure WP Super Cache before launching a WordPress website is something every web developer should do.

WP Super Cache WordPress plugin

“A very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files.”
Download WP Super Cache
Active installs 1,000,000+

1. Advanced Custom Fields

If I had to pick one of these WordPress plugins that has done the most to change my view of WordPress to the better, it’s this plugin. By using ACF you can quickly set up custom fields on both pages and post types, meaning you no longer got an excuse not to make static page content editable via the admin interface. The paid add-ons such as Repeater Fields and Options Page are also warmly recommended.

ACF WordPress plugin

“Customise WordPress with powerful, professional and intuitive fields”
Download Advanced Custom Fields
Active installs 1,000,000+

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